Riot!

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 199 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hayley Williams leads her Franklin, Tennessee-based band in their second album.

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Misery Business
I'm in the business of misery Let's take it from the top She's got a body like an hourglass that's ticking like a clock It's a matter of time before... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Riot! is immediately appealing because it focuses on sounds that have been neglected by the genre’s frontrunners. This is an uncomplicated album comprising of strikingly uncomplicated music, entirely lacking in 15 word song titles, Jay-Z guest appearances, and theatrical meta-concepts about performing in a rock band.
  2. The good news is that for a bunch of brats they're well in control of the complex, riddling, labyrinthine structures that go toward making the perfect pop punk songs.
  3. The sound quality is ultra-clean, it makes the listening experience relatively risk-free and also brings attention to the fact that there's not a lot of ground being broken here.
  4. 60
    Their biggest asset, though, is singer Hayley Williams, an 18-year-old siren with a killer fashion sense and an undeniable knack for writing contemplative love songs.
  5. Blender
    60
    [Hayley Williams'] Tennessee crew's second album isn't as charmingly precocious as the first. [Jul 2007, p.116]
  6. In the end, whether it's a cynical bid for the mainstream or an experiment gone wrong, Riot barely registers as a minor disturbance.
  7. Riot sounds like a crunching, flashlight-white amalgamation of Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, save for token ballad "We Are Broken" that echoes the enchanting eighties sounds of Belinda Carlisle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 53
  2. Negative: 5 out of 53
  1. MatthewH.
    Feb 5, 2009
    10
    I loooooooooove this album. Its my favourtie album of all time. It's the first album i have bought that i actually like all of the songs!!!!!
  2. AkashR.
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    Riot! And Paramore, both, completely give a vivid taste to emo-punk with Hayden, a gal, as their front vocalist! Be it "Crushcruchcrush" or Riot! And Paramore, both, completely give a vivid taste to emo-punk with Hayden, a gal, as their front vocalist! Be it "Crushcruchcrush" or "That's What You Get", every track in the album is worth a listen! Plus, the album art does give a foundation for a great graphiti! Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2014
    10
    Absolutely epic, Paramore gives us an album that deserves to be named one of the best alternative rock albums! My favorite album from them,Absolutely epic, Paramore gives us an album that deserves to be named one of the best alternative rock albums! My favorite album from them, it's perfectly wonderful! good job, paramore! Expand
  4. MollyF.
    Jan 6, 2009
    10
    I love this album it is purky and upbeat and Hailey Williams is a spunky enthusaistic performer with a lot of heart as well as her band.
  5. EricB
    Aug 11, 2007
    9
    The music on this album was catchy, and fun to listen to. I don't get into the politics of music, all that matters is if the music is The music on this album was catchy, and fun to listen to. I don't get into the politics of music, all that matters is if the music is enjoyable, and on this CD, I love every song. It seems wrong to pass this CD off as just another Avril or Kelly, because even if Paramore does have some similarities with Avril and Kelly, the point is, this CD is great. Hayley's voice has improved tenfold since their last album, the lyrics are fun, and the beats are catchy. It is so far my favorite CD of 2007, and my number one summer album. Expand
  6. MattD.
    Jul 10, 2007
    8
    Improves on their debut by not sounding as samey. New wave and 80s influences comfortably co-exist with their pop/punk. It would be very Improves on their debut by not sounding as samey. New wave and 80s influences comfortably co-exist with their pop/punk. It would be very interesting if the band went more all out and broke free from any genre constraints. Expand
  7. RaulV.
    Jan 11, 2009
    0
    Another pop-punk band? This stuff has been done to death. Popular music is becoming formulaic these days. Play some power chords over and Another pop-punk band? This stuff has been done to death. Popular music is becoming formulaic these days. Play some power chords over and over, keep a linear drum beat, add an okay singer, write emotional lyrics that pretend to be "deep" but aren't, and you're famous. Expand

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